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2013 Nissan Rogue

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2013 Nissan Rogue Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Based on Nissan's popular Sentra sedan, the 2013 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV designed to stand out from the competition by way of its curvaceous carlike styling and class-exclusive in-vehicle technology. Similar to the venerable Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, the Nissan Rogue is powered by a thrifty 4-cylinder engine, offers an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and starts under $24,000. The 2013 Rogue is also one of the only vehicles in the segment to feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which bolsters both fuel economy and power output. By incorporating a satisfying blend SUV, sedan and wagon DNA, the versatile 5-passenger Nissan Rogue can accommodate a wide variety of unique uses.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the boxy look of traditional SUVs leaves you uninspired, the Nissan Rogue's shapely, sculpted exterior might be the answer you are looking for. Admirable fuel economy, affordable pricing and premium options combine to make the Nissan Rogue one of the most appealing small SUVs on the market.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you believe practicality and power should never be mutually exclusive, the V6 Toyota RAV4 or EcoBoost-equipped Ford Escape will get your heart racing. And while the Rogue's comparatively low starting price appears attractive on the surface, most competitors offer additional standard equipment for a marginal price increase.

What's New for 2013

With an all-new model scheduled to hit showrooms in mid-2013, the Nissan Rogue gets only a handful of updates for the 2013 model year. A new Premium Edition package replaces last year's Premium Package, while the carryover Special Edition Package now includes Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system.

Driving the Rogue

Driving Impressions After spending the better part of a week in a 2013 Nissan Rogue SV with all-wheel drive, we came away with mixed feelings. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine felt adequately peppy,...

but when we needed that extra burst of power for passing or climbing elevations, it just wasn't there. Nissan's Xtronic CVT transmission proved smooth and consistent, and definitely made the most of the little engine's powerband while returning good fuel economy. Although the CVT is a gearless transmission, Nissan engineered artificial shift points that mimic a conventional transmission. The only time the CVT's true nature is revealed is during wide-open throttle. In this condition, the CVT holds the engine's rpm steady as the vehicle accelerates, creating a loud and somewhat harsh engine note. On winding back-country roads we found the 2013 Nissan Rogue quite happy to play, with good feedback through its electric power-assisted steering. Body lean and bounce were also quite carlike, an attribute we chalk up to the Rogue's Nissan Sentra underpinnings.

AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Until recently, keeping your head on a swivel was the best way to successfully parallel park a car. By utilizing a series of external cameras to create a composite view of the vehicle's surroundings, the Nissan Rogue's available Around View Monitor gives you eyes on the back – and side – of your head.

XTRONIC CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (CVT)
Nissan is one of the few automakers to still embrace and refine CVT technology, and this 2nd-generation transmission is incredibly smooth and provides the 2013 Rogue with decent performance as well as laudable fuel economy.

2013 Nissan Rogue Details
Interior

The 2013 Rogue's interior is characteristically Nissan, with simple and straightforward instruments, subtle seating fabric and lots of soft-touch finishes. The Rogue has a terrific set of comfortable contour-forming front seats, which are heated and covered in quality leather on SL models. Front-seat legroom is good for tall drivers, as is headroom. Unfortunately, the rear-seat passengers don't have the same luxury, especially when the front seats are pushed all the way back. Storage space is ample in the little Nissan Rogue and includes an oversized glove compartment as well as a hidden cargo area behind the rear seat If we have one gripe with the Rogue's design, it's the large D-pillar that, while creating a cool and sporty exterior look, creates a sizable blind spot for the driver.

Exterior

Sharing its platform with the Nissan Sentra Sedan gives the 2013 Nissan Rogue the ride and handling of a car in the body of small SUV. The distinctive front grille and lower air intakes bear a slight resemblance to the larger Nissan Murano, and the alloy wheels and chrome door skirts seem to take after Nissan's performance-oriented Maxima and 370Z. SV trims get bigger wheels and tires, as well as additional exterior enhancements including chrome exhaust outlets, roof rails and rear privacy glass.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base form, the 2013 Nissan Rogue S includes a multi-information display, 60/40-split rear seatbacks, a handy under-floor storage compartment, and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio port. SV models add a power-adjustable driver's seat, premium fabric seating surfaces and a 6-speaker audio system with a 4.3-inch full color display and a USB port for portable music players. As is the case with most Nissan models, the Rogue's steering wheel does not include a telescoping function. Standard safety equipment is comparable to most other small SUVs, but not exceptional.

Optional Equipment

With the majority of feature content bundled into packages, Bluetooth and all-wheel drive are the only individual options available for the 2013 Nissan Rogue. S models offer a Special Edition Package comprised of 16-inch alloy wheels, a mid-grade audio system a 4.3-inch color display, and a rear backup camera. Available on SV trims, the SL Package includes 18-inch alloys, navigation, a Bose premium audio system, Nissan's exclusive Around View Monitor, and leather seats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Nissan Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is well-suited for everyday driving. For those who need a vehicle that can tackle a variety of driving conditions and road surfaces, opting for all-wheel drive results in only minimal reductions in fuel economy.

2.5-liter inline-4
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/26 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 359 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Good small crossover

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: trade for larger vehicle

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "360 degree camera, navigation, heated seats"

Cons: "Road noise, Small interior, gas mileage, price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Good car with lots of bells and whistles. Average gas mileage only between 23-24. Expected more. Too small interior. Has a lot of road noise. Overpriced."

Great Vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "perfect fit not too big and not too small.."

Cons: "wish they came with leather"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had not major problems with this vehicle other than service and new tires. Great on gas mileage. Comfortable ride and overall a very good vehicle."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Avoid a 2012 CVT

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Style; spacious"

Cons: "Awful transmission; poor backing by company"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Nothing but problems since I bought my 2012 Nissan Rogue new. Owned it barely 2 years and transmission had to be replaced. One year later, transmission is pouring fluid. CVT acts weird when on a decline and coasting; RPMs rev way too high. Will never own another vehicle with a CVT!!"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and easy to drive"

Cons: "I'd like larger backup screen"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Drove many other cars over the years, mostly SUVs but a couple of others, and when I stepped into my first Rogue I knew I had found MY car. The benefits of an SUV (height from ground, etc.)with the comfort of a sedan make the Rogue the perfect car. Many SUVs are too high for us of shorter height but Rogue hits a happy medium. Front bumper doesn't graze the curb like sedans either! I'm now on my second Rogue and don't plan to change."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Tremendous Reliable Vehicle. No issues.

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great sporty SUV fun to drive with paddle shift!"

Cons: "none, just too small for us now with 4 grandkids"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love our Rogue

"This is a 2008 Rogue with steering wheel Paddle shift when selected! This sporty feature is no longer available in new Rogues. It has not had one issue since we bought it. Perfectly reliable. We just bought a larger SUV. 3 Grandkids and one on the way!!"

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Love our Rogue

AVOID AT ALL COSTS ESP. TALLER DRIVERS!

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "Noise, drinks gas, lack of amenities & seat adjmt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Got a loaner vehicle when I had my Altima SL in the dealership. Got the BASE Rogue Select for 3 days. The base model had NO seat adjustment except for moving forward/backward and seat back incline/recline. NO seat height or seat tile adjustment and NO telescoping wheel feature. Basically, made seating a living heck! The AWD vehicle gulped gas that fuel economy was really bad: 14mpg/city, 24mpg/hwy and 21mpg/mixed. Can NOT turn OFF the AWD feature to just FWD! ONLY the bare bones basics that'll please anyone who ONLY wants a stripped down vehicle as there's NOTHING included except A/C, display (NOT Touchscreen) radio and an automatic. The interior upholstery was better than expected but cheap, hard plastic also was present with some minor soft touch plastic. The ride was acceptable for an AWD vehicle though I'd never drive any SUV type vehicle fast. Bumps are felt through the suspension (NO different in other Nissan vehicles so Nissan NEEDS to fix the stiff suspensions in its cars to be softer!). It's noisy due to: 1. Road/Tire noise 2. CVT engine upon startup and acceleration - Nissan's CVT engine is a love it or hate it thing. Many reviewers have stated that the CVT engine is LOUD and they're correct! Noise (NVH) insulation is one of Nissan's Ongoing problems (just like in the Honda which is notoriously noisy as I was from a Honda family)! Basically... AVOID this Select trim and get the Newer version which does have more features like a telescopic steering column and adjustable seats! You'll still have to deal with existing issues like the NOISE and the terrible fuel economy."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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